Call for New Faculty Applications! Call ends: 7/12/2015


The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research seeks scholars who are interested in becoming part of an interdisciplinary research and teaching institution to teach and design rigorous seminar-style courses to adult students in various locations throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan. We are currently seeking five new faculty members with specialized expertise in one of the following collected areas:

Philosophy, Feminism, Psychoanalysis: Works in Feminism, French Feminism, Psychoanalysis, and Affect Theory (especially approaches influenced by the works of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Lauren Berlant, etc.) Strong familiarity with the complete corpus of Freud is preferred.


Sciences Studies and New Materialism: Works at the intersection of Science Studies, New Materialism, Feminism, and Queer Theory. Disciplinary familiarity with literary studies and/or the natural sciences is preferred.


Philosophy and Critical Theory: Works in Marx, Marxism, critical theory in the Frankfurt School tradition, Benjamin (especially approaches influenced by the works of Susan Buck-Morss, Miriam Hansen, etc.), non-Heideggerian, Jewish intellectual history, Spinoza (familiar with the original works, not merely contemporary interpretations), social and political philosophy, materialism. Familiarity with boundaries between different critical traditions is preferred.


American Social and Intellectual History: Theoretically literate and informed. Specializations: New York City, Labor, Social Movements, etc. Periods: Early Modern to contemporary, with preference from Civil War to 21st century.


European Social and Intellectual History: Theoretically literate and informed. Period: Modern Europe since the French Revolution. Specializations: French Revolution, social and economic history, revolutions of 1848, Russian Revolution, WWI, WWII, Weimar Period, Soviet Union, post-war Europe.
Classes at the Brooklyn Institute are typically four to six weeks long and meet once a week for two or three hours in the evening, followed by short cocktail hour. They are primarily discussion-based seminars, unless the material demands otherwise. We teach in a variety of locations, from spaces in bars and bookstores to cultural centers, including the Center for Jewish History, the Goethe-Institut, the Barnard Center for Research on Women, and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. The Brooklyn Institute does not offer credit of any kind for its courses.

Applicants should have considerable experience teaching at the college/university level, a commitment to thoughtful pedagogy in small seminar-style classroom settings, and possess or be in the advanced stages of a terminal degree in their field. We are particularly interested in applicants who also wish to take an active part in other Institute programming beyond the classroom, including digital projects, an ongoing podcast series, forthcoming publications, development, and other programming.

To apply, please contact and Please include a C.V. and course proposal and indicate which position you are applying for in the subject line of your email. For more information about the Brooklyn Institute and to get a sense of our previous course offerings, please visit us at

The deadline for applications is Sunday, July 12 and we will be holding interviews later that week. All applicants must be residents of the New York City metropolitan area. Skype interviews will only available for those who are residents but travelling during the interview period. Thank you!

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